Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Building a Fire Pit...

Sometimes an idea seems like it is a little easier 
than it actually is...

building a fire pit with pavers www.homeroad.net

This is the yard before...
The muddy corner where nothing will grow because it is all 
shade and our two dogs run through it all day.



Meet the culprits:
   Kirby            &              Kody 



Clearly something had to be done!

Step #1:
Mark off the space and lay a border...


Step #2:
Decide where you want to put the fire pit.  
We used Nicolock Pavers.
A circle will require 15 stones.


We started with the first layer, working diligently to make it level...
Then we added the next 3 levels, using construction adhesive to glue down each block to the layer below. 
Note: these blocks are heavy!


Step #3:
 Spray weed killer and cover the ground with a black weed barrier...


I did this part... check out the pink work gloves...


Step #4:
Start hauling wheelbarrow-full after wheelbarrow-full of pea gravel from the front driveway to the back yard. I did not do this part!


pea gravel fire pit area www.homeroad.net

Some where about now we were thinking 
about calling in some help...


As you can see I was all about the decorating... 
I was putting out the pots as fast as Jim could get down the gravel...

building a fire pit DIY www.homeroad.net

After all, someone needed to be the "idea guy"...

The yard was turning out great!

This is the back gate to our friends house...
 

Step #5:
Sit down and relax!


Check out the cool ladder!




And though it wasn't an easy job by any means...
Together we got it done!
(and then we went out to dinner because we were too tired to cook!) 


Notice the sweaty heart on his shirt?
He worked really hard to make my idea come true!

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Materials:
3 yards of pea gravel
60 Paving stones
4 rolls of weed block
plastic edging
stakes
contractor adhesive

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79 comments:

  1. WOW! What a great guy your have there. I love the sweat-heart. Your idea paid off. Your yard looks so inviting. All it's missing is the roasted marshmallows. :-)

    Dee

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  2. So that's how you do it. I love it. And it only took you a day... you two are very hard workers. Enjoy your new fire pit.

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  3. Susan, I luv this so much, it is your duty to help your virtual friends by sending your husband over to my house, I have the perfect spot as well lol...

    Would luv for our readers to discover this.
    please add it to our linking party here
    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/06/beautiful-furniture-redo-pop-up-cards.html
    Have a great week,
    Maggie
    http://passionatelyartistic.com

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  4. Looks great, have you used it yet?

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  5. I love it! We tried to do something similar before, but didn't do any research. We just created a border with paving stones and started filling it with rocks . . . not a good idea! They were spilling through the cracks. Yours looks fantastic, though! I'm sure your dogs will enjoy it, too.

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  6. It looks great. What a wonderful place to be able to sit and relax. Thanks for linking to the party.

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  7. Hi! Following from a Glimpse Inside. What an awesome hubby! Love how it turned out. Would love to have you link this up at my link party going on over on my blog right now. :)

    Ginger
    gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

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  8. I love it!! We have an area where grass won't grow due to rocks in the ground - love this idea!! That ladder is adorable too!

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  9. My mom had us build her something like that and then the city zoning dept. shut her down because her neighbors complained about the smell of smoke.

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  10. What a great project! I hope you have many wonderful times around it!

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  11. Hi, Besides a weekly anything goes link party, I have a new ongoing free give away link party now too. Share your give aways or enter to win.
    Hope to see you soon at http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/

    Come strut your stuff!

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  12. This is fantastic. Got to love a man who will put his sweat and tears into make a cozy spot for your home!
    I would love to see this linked up to our weekly Throwback Thursday party
    www.luxeboulevard.blogspot.com

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  13. I love a good fire pit especially in the fall!
    http://sweetteaserendipity.blogspot.com

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  14. Well you and him did a wonderful job looks so nice great job I bet ur like me no pics of me sweating while I work! LOL

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  15. Looks wonderful, a great place to sit and relax! You two did a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  16. LOVE it!! I need one in my backyard

    http://ashtonscraftycreations.blogspot.com/

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  17. Dang!! Great job, I have a similar spot in my backyard( and two similar culprits..lol)

    Have a great weekend.

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  18. Haha, a jack russell needing ritalin, that is funny. I have a little low rider who is about 6 or 7 now and still barks, jumps and runs like a little puppy.
    I love your fire pit! I have a "pit" in my yard, it is just one of those metal dish pits surrounded with pavers. In the past I have been known to sink an old wheelbarrow into the ground and make fire in it. Your space looks very inviting.

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  19. So cool! I love it. I want to come roast marshmallows at your house. Can I bring all my kids, too? Heh!

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  20. Susan it is wonderful. You will certainly enjoy that space. What a sweet post (the sweat heart) I have a sweet husband that brings my ideas to life also. True labors of love.

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  21. Oh I'd love one of these in my back yard , I bet you will enjoy it every time you use it xx Ava

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  22. Love your new firepit corner! Nice job on this by both of you. I built a firepit too, but didn't do the pea gravel part, still debating whether I want to add pavers around it. Only problem is that I hate to dig and almost every job like this requires some digging.....sigh

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  23. Hi, I love you fire pit area, we have a lovely firepit but grass all around and it's become a pain to mow around, love the pea gravel around yours! What did you use for the border around the pea gravel? Do you have a lot of pea gravel get into the grass area? My hubby thinks this will be a lot of work, but we already have the stone fire pit so I am thinking it would not be too bad..any help with that boarder idea would be great. Lovely site, found you through a linky party! :>

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  24. Hi Travel Mom... I can't get back to you any other way. Your settings are on "no reply".... The edging was a plastic edging that you snip to make it turn corners. The pea gravel is staying inside of it very nicely, it has about a 2" lip on it. Thanks for your kind words... Susan

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  25. Wow! That looks incredible (and I don't think I have ever met a Jack Russel that DIDN'T need Ritalin ;))
    I would love if you would share it at our Weekly Playdate~ a kid and family themed link party... http://beneaththerowantree.blogspot.com/2011/06/playdate-link-party-blog-hop-14-all.html

    Cheers!
    Lori
    Come & Play :: Playdate
    www.beneaththerowantree.com

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  26. Lots of hard work, but it looks great! I think I'll suggest this to my other half (I won't tell him how hard it was though :) Thanks for sharing!

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  27. I LOVE THIS! I want one! I am your newest follower and I would love it if you would follow me back. Thank you!

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  28. Your hard work really paid off...it looks great! Found you through DIY!

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  29. Awesome. We have a firepit but I'd love an area around it. It's one of our favorite teen kid hangouts.

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  30. It's love gifts like this that you get from your man that makes everything worth while. Now, start planning your parties. (I expect to see a artisan oven over in the corner by next year.)

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  31. super job! lots of work, but well worth it.
    thanks for sharing @ catch as catch can,
    gail

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  32. I LOVE this!! I want to go build one right now but I'm going to hold back on the impulsiveness right now, lol. And I love the sweat heart on his shirt too!

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  33. Awesome! Well worth the hard work! Time to enjoy!

    Roeshel

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  34. Thanks Anonymous.. my mistake. It is 15 in each row x 4 rows = 60 Pavers. Thanks for letting me know!

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  35. Saw you on pinterest... actually, it was mislinked, but have it pointed correctly now.

    http://flic.kr/p/aedwKw and http://flic.kr/p/aedwH9

    These are two versions of our firepit. Ours came as a kit though at a local building place (not big box). Easy peasy! Love your yard and will be visiting again.

    Much peace,
    Meadow

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  36. Love your fire pit, Great idea!!! We did a pit and added an underground metal pipe and blower attached to a switch in the house so I could turn on and off if the fire needed air, built against ground the fire will need air at times to burn better.

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  37. this DOES look awesome! & what an amazing husband to jump on board & do lots of work to make your dream come true! Love that!!

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  38. Love the idea, I'm planning on doing it myself and surprising my husband with it when he comes home from Kuwait in a few weeks. But I want to make his into a grill optional fire pit. I found a grate that is 2 ft. wide that is meant for park campfires and firepits. Can you tell me how wide the diameter of the inside of your firepit is? I'm trying to estimate how many pavers I will need before i go to the store to make it around that 2 ft mark. Sorry if this is too much to ask. But thank you for the great tutorial!

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  39. musejuice
    If you can, consider a grill which hangs from a tripod so you can keep the grill as far away from the fire pit as needed and you can put this away so it isn't always part of the fire pit structure and you don't have to design for the exact size of the grill. Coleman makes one that is 17" in diameter. Google: tripod grill coleman. And you will see it.

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    1. Found a grill at the thrift store and it fits perfectly! Great idea!

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  40. I built your firepit a few weeks ago and even though it doesn't look quite as good as yours, i was so please. Thank you for posting instructions!

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  41. May I ask what the budget range was for this project for all of the materials you listed?

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  42. having built a couple of these myself, I'd suggest that in the bottom row, you use maybe 3-4 less blocks than in the row above it, such that there's a few good holes to get air in from the bottom - you'll find that it burns much hotter on those chilly nights!

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  43. About how big around is the inside? I'm looking at some different blocks to try this myself but I'm not sure how big the circle needs to be..

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  44. That turned out great!!!!!! Thanks for showing it as a work in progress! Enjoy!

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  45. Looks really great! Looks like your hard work was worth it!

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  46. I was wondering what adhesive you used between the layers of brick. I'm unsure what to buy.

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  47. I was wondering if you would mind telling me where you purchased your pavers?? I have looked on severel local stores websites and don't see any like the ones you used... Thanks!! Great idea, can't wait to try it in the spring!!

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  48. Your hubby looks like a trooper! Great team work!

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  49. Might be a stupid question, but after you are done you can just put firewood in the hole and start burning?
    And also, how much did this run you, total?

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, the firewood is sitting on a metal grate inside... like inside a fireplace. The "firepit" part of this yard project cost between $500-$600. Hope that helps!
      Susan

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    2. Found this on Pinterest. I love this firepit area. Great job. Are you saying the entire project, pit, pea gravel, weed barrier, etc cost $500-600? How much did you spend on the brick alone? We have priced them where we live and they are only .99 cents each and we plan to go only 3 levels. Can you tell me the dimensions of the graveled area? Did you use a firepit insert? We have an old portable fire pit and will use the bowl from that as well, to save a few bucks.

      Thank you,
      Leanne

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    3. Hi Leanne
      We used paving stones that were more than .99, it was about $200 for the pavers. The graveled area is about 150 sq. feet and we pea graveled it all. I don't remember the price but it was about $500-$600 in total. We did not use an insert, the wood sits on iron wood holders like the ones in a fireplace.

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  50. HAHA! Fantastic blog. I really liked the personal take on the whole project. Got a big smile reading this..and I only came for the fire pit idea. Thanks! :)

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  51. That is a great idea our dogs have also relun down part of the yard I believe your plan will fix the unsightly damage they have done. Thank you. Wendy

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  52. love love love the firepit yard idea im so going to try to make this happen this summer thanks for the pics and details

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  53. You did a great job on the pit and very inviting area!!!

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  54. I love this idea of a fire pit! it reminds me of camping unlike the metal fire pits. its very inviting! I hope to do this one day!

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  55. How well did it survive the winter's use? I wondered if the heat might have been too intense for those kind of blocks without a steel ring or refractory brick as a liner. Currently planning my own for this summer.

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    1. No problem during the winter, the pavers work great!

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  56. Hi Susan,
    I LOVE this idea! My husband and I are going to try it in our yard. How long do you have to wait to make a fire in the pit?

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    1. We used it just a couple days later! I hate waiting :) Have fun!

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  57. I like your idea and it looks great. But, not to be a negative nelly, shouldn't the inside of the pit be fire proof? Such as lined with fire treated bricks. I'm not sure if pavers are, but if they're not and you get your fire too hot (which isn't that hard to do) your pavers could break.

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    1. Dear Nelly,
      The pavers are also sold in a kit for just this purpose. They do work. If you are concerned then I would fire treat your bricks. We've had blazing hot fires in it and so far so good! Thanks for your concern.
      Susan

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  58. This is AWESOME!! I sent it to my hubby so we can try to make one ourselves! :) I can't wait to roast marshmallows on a cool crisp Florida evening with my kids! Thank you for the tutorial and for posting!

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  59. Hi Susan,
    Can you tell me a bit more about the weed block edging? I've never seen that style before and this is exactly what I've been looking for to contain pea gravel under my playset. Do you recall where you purchased it?

    Thanks!
    Kristie

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    1. We bought it at the stone store where we ordered the gravel. Honestly, it does the job but my dogs are destroying it!

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  60. Hi Susan, Your Adirondack chairs look distressed......are they wood or plastic. I am so using your plan to create this in my backyard. It is the easiest one I have found!! Thanks, Brandie

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  61. Thank you for sharing, you were such a big inspiration that I ran and did the same. Now I had a great place to chill out with my 2 teens. I added a water fountain made of a pot so I have fire and water in my yard. Thanks again!
    PS: Lucky you have a nice husband that supports you and wills to do the hard parts.

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  62. What about when it rains? How do you get the water out of the pit?

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    1. We live on the East Coast... all sand, it drains right through!

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  63. I'm curious how much this project cost. Could you give a ball park figure.
    Thanks.

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  64. SO COOL!!!!! I'm a detailed person... I LOVE THE PILLOWS! HEEHEE!

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  65. I love this fire pit and it's such a lovely seating area around it. :) I'm sure it's gotten a lot of use over the years.

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  66. Love it! Pinned:) Great job, that was a big!

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